We were a party of five and had our own gondola so I don't know if sharing might feel a little different. We were so happy to have planned this for our first evening in Venice. What a wonderful way to begin our stay here. The singer and musician were so talented and set the tone for the entire trip. It was lovely venturing through the narrow canals and seeing the structures that make this city so unique. Been here before and bypassed the gondola ride thinking it a little pricey and cliche. Yes, it's a little pricey and definitely cliche, but we each found this to be a fun, relaxing experience that we were happy not to have missed.